Death, Badness, and the Impossibility of Experience. Creator. Fischer, John Martin. Bibliographic Citation. Journal of Ethics October-December; 1(4): Download Citation on ResearchGate | Death, Badness, and the Impossibility of Experience | Some have They contend that nothing can be a bad for an individual unless the individual is able to experience it as bad. John Martin Fischer. John Martin Fischer’s research works with citations and reads, including: University University Professor Lecture: Near-Death Experiences: The Stories They Tell Death, Badness, and the Impossibility of Experience.

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But this is problematic for various reasons. But my views about the relationship between acting freely and our stories are a bit different. But as good as it is to make the world a better place, the puzzle we are considering is how death can be bad for the one who has died, and given that we are taking every moment in paradise to be better than any moment of this life, even the best goods of this life of which finding a cure to cancer might be one do not match the goods of paradise.

Thanks to John Fischer for this suggestion. University of New England. Remember me on this computer. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy link. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy dx. In the next section, I consider alternative solutions to the puzzle which allow for the retention of the common-sense belief that death can be bad for the one who dies, even if she is paradise-bound.

La Trobe University Library. This single location in South Australia: Therefore, the Apostle was hoping that immediately after that destruction of his body he would come to heaven. Book ratings by Goodreads. A defense of Epicurus. Perhaps someone moved by the failed attempts at solving the puzzle discussed in the previous section would concede that death cannot be bad for the paradise bound. To be an all-things-considered good state of affairs for a person is for a state of affairs to have one or more pro tanto goods counting in favor of that state of affairs and for the pro tanto good s not to be undermined by other considerations at the time.


So it cannot be the case that one who is paradise-bound will receive the same goods even if she dies later, for, by stipulation, she will have missed out on some of the goods of paradise at the times she continued living. It is an advantage of an account of moral responsibility that it does not conceptualize responsibility as dependent on these sorts of empirical theories.

I have offered a sketch of an argument for the rationality of this more general asymmetry; in future work I hope to fill in this sketch a bit. Here we need to distinguish between what I will refer to as pro tanto goods for a person at a time and an all-things-considered good state of affairs for a person at a time.

For some interesting discussions of the metaphysics of resurrection, see ZimmermanBaker ; ;and Merricks Brauchen wir den Dualismus? But first things first: While she checks on your status, it is clear that you prefer to have the pleasure tomorrow. You can also use other WordPress widgets such as recent posts, recent comments, a tag cloud or more.

Once we grant that one is paradise-bound and that each moment of her everlasting existence in paradise will be better than any moment of her life before death, it becomes readily apparent that the common-sense belief that death can be bad for the one impossibioity has died gives rise to a puzzle. Help Center Find new research papers in: A reply to Purves. Further, the author argues against the immortality curmudgeons, such as Heidegger and Bernard Williamsthat immortal life could be desirable, and shows how the defense of the possible badness of death and the possible goodness of immortality exhibit a similar structure; on the author’s view, the badness of death and the goodness of life can be represented on spectra that display certain continuities.



Request removal from index. Americans believe in heaven, hell.

No one should put off reforming his life with the thought that it will be more painless to do so after death. Had she not died when she did, an unmarried person who is paradise-bound might have married.

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I argue that both of these suggestions fail to solve the puzzle. Yet that death is a bad thing for the one who has died is also taken to be a common-sense belief about death. The doctrine of purgatory clearly demonstrates that even when the guilt of sin has abd taken away, punishment for it or the consequences of it may remain to be expiated or cleansed. Matt Bower Texas State University. It is worth noting, before considering alternative solutions to the puzzle, that it is open to those who opt for the present solution to maintain that there is a sense in which death can be bad for the paradise-bound.

I do not take a stand on these issues here.

This is derived from your idea that the value of moral responsibility is connected to the value of exhibiting freedom. In other words, there might be two all- things-considered good states deatj affairs, one of which is a better state of affairs than the other.

I certainly would not reduce all value or meaningfulness to such projects; but they do seem sufficient to give one reason to prefer continued life to death.

For more on this doctrine, and for the claim that it is widely held, see Merricks